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Title: Bahraini Muslim women and higher education achievement : reproduction or opportunity?
Author: Beckett-McInroy, Clare Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 7524
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2006
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This research compares and contrasts the life histories of eleven Bahraini Muslim women, aged between twenty five and fifty, who are educationally ‘successful’, defined as having one or more university degree. It analyzes their educational experiences to see if theories of social reproduction apply to their lives. To this end, the work of Pierre Bourdieu and his concept of cultural capital in its institutionalized, objectified and embodied states are applied, where possible, to the women’s life histories, in particular their educational experiences and related areas. This work shows that embodied cultural capital plays a part in the educational success of the women involved in this study, regardless of social class. For some of the women, institutionalized and objectified cultural capital also played a part and the women who possess these tend to come from more affluent families. It also appears that significant others and critical incidents influence their educational successes. Significant others are those people who have encouraged them educationally in different ways: critical incidents include such things as government scholarships for university degree courses within Bahrain and abroad. Having these things may help other Bahraini Muslim women achieve educational ‘success’. Additionally, the women’s innate ability, their ability to juggle their many life projects and roles, other forms of capital (especially economic capital), their marital status, religious obligations and their culture, all influence their educational choices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Bahrain ; life history ; Reproduction ; Forms of capital ; Bourdieu